VCR to DVD

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#1

I just picked up a Dvd recorder at a flea market, I have a VCR, I would like to convert some old tapes I have to DVD, what is th best way to go about this, what cables will I need etc. etc.


#2

You will probably need a black box as the video is out of phase due to the copyright protection on the VHS tapes that cause the recorded movie to appear blue.


#3

[QUOTE=Zathros;2056440]You will probably need a black box as the video is out of phase due to the copyright protection on the VHS tapes that cause the recorded movie to appear blue.[/QUOTE]Am not familiar with the black box, could you help a little further?


#4

Look up ‘Macrovision’. That’s how commercial VHS tapes are ‘protected’.


#5

durkinjt;I’m guessing by DVD recorder you mean a standalone set top.
You need to run it through a converter to strip the Macrovision copyright protection & possible some other protection as well.This is only on commercial VHS movie tapes.
The one I have & I think the best one is Dimax Grex.This is not a cheap unit but I think does as good a job as you are going to get.
Keep in mind the best you can expect is as good a picture as the VHS has when played in a VCR.Although they usually are some sharper.
I’m sure there are people that could load the files in a computer & improve them further.That is more than I know how to do so I will let others advise you on that.
I haven’t checked but I think it would be as legal to backup a factory commercial VHS tape to DVD as it is with the commercial DVD disc.So my advice is for that type backup.


#6

[QUOTE=olyteddy;2057295]Look up ‘Macrovision’. That’s how commercial VHS tapes are ‘protected’.[/QUOTE]

What type of cables, co-axial or the white, yellow, red type?


#7

[QUOTE=durkinjt;2057360]What type of cables, co-axial or the white, yellow, red type?[/QUOTE]
Wheteher you use coax rf conector or W,Y,R (composite)there will be Macrovision copy protection.


#8

This is a video stabilizer I use, model 200.
It works well.

http://www.checkhere22.com/stabilizer/


#9

Hi CDuncle;I haven’t tried the unit you are using .Have you tried the Dimax Grex?
http://www.xdimax.com/grex/grex.html


#10

[QUOTE=cholla;2057393]Hi CDuncle;I haven’t tried the unit you are using .Have you tried the Dimax Grex?
http://www.xdimax.com/grex/grex.html[/QUOTE]

From their web site it looks like a good unit. It can handle component video, but I did not see too many VCR using that output. My unit is only for S-video and composite.
They list and guarantee all kind of recorders to be compatible so it may be a better choice.
I use mine to download to PC and use editing and DVD creation (menu, chapters) there.


#11

I haven’t done much VHS to DVD lately, but here’s some food for thought err…I mean reading,
http://www.biline.ca/macrovision.htm
http://www.nepadigital.com/mv/

I use the Hauppauge PVR-150 and it handles most macrovision vhs transfers to pc, ready for editing…


#12

Interesting articles.
I do not use any capture card. I use a firewire port and my Sony DV-camera as analogue to digital converter 1:1, about 35GB for an hour of video.
Than edit (crop) overscan distortion and author DVD, it works just fine.


#13

[QUOTE=CDuncle;2057481]Interesting articles.
I do not use any capture card. I use a firewire port and my Sony DV-camera as analogue to digital converter 1:1, about 35GB for an hour of video.
Than edit (crop) overscan distortion and author DVD, it works just fine.[/QUOTE]

Yeah best way to transfer via firewire :iagree: ,except not sure what the OP’s actual PC specs and or if firewire is an option for him/her… I don’t do much vcr to dvd these days…
Cheers! :slight_smile: